Epson "supertank" printers come with up to 2 years worth of ink
Epson has a new line of printers designed to tackle one of the most irritating aspects of printing – the need to change ink cartridges, often at the most inconvenient times. On Tuesday, the company unveiled a line of five new "supertank" all-in-one color printers with large ink reservoirs that can go up to two years without needing replacement.
Epson claims that the ink reservoirs included in its new "EcoTank" line are equivalent to about 20 or more sets of conventional ink cartridges. Replacement ink will be available for as low as US$12.99 per bottle or $52 for a set of cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink bottles.
The five new EcoTank all-in-ones include two new "Expression" models designed for home use that come with enough ink to print up to 4,000 black ink and 6,500 color pages. Epson also has three new WorkForce EcoTank models meant for home office or small business, including a WorkForce Pro printer with enough ink to print 20,000 black and 20,000 color pages.
The new ink-loaded printers start at $379 for a low-end Expression EcoTank model and run up to $1,199 for the WorkForce Pro model. All five will be available in September both in stores and online via Amazon and other outlets.
Check out an overview of the new EcoTanks in the promotional video below.
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The problem, however, is not the ink. If all your hardware lasts, the printers are designed to quit working after an internal counter reaches a certain number. There is also a large "sponge" in the bottom of printers that absorbs and keeps ink from when the cartridges are turned on and put a bit of ink through them to get them ready for printing. When the sponge fills, the printer also will tell you it is broken.